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KDKowalski

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  1. Wow it is nice to see an old thread I started come back to life. I still have the 335, and I most likely always will. The recent sale on Long and McQuade is crazy! I will try to get some time to do some recordings and place them on you tube, the tone from this one is absolutely stunning. I have considered getting a new ES339, or an ES137, but I keep reminding myself, that this guitar actually played and sounds better than either of these that I have had in the past. I cannot imagine a better value on the market, I have owned no less than 100 guitars in the past 10 years and this is my 5th dot, and luckily it is the best one. In past I have owned a natural, cherry, sunburst and a rare blueburst...this Iced tea burst is the best of the bunch, and the best constructed as well...and yep made in China. Get one while you can.
  2. Yep, for the month of October Long & McQuade has these on for the ridiculous price of $399.00, and you can buy it over 12 months interest free. It is an insane deal. I restrung my baby about 2 weeks ago and man does it sing. I get the normal fits of GAS, and have looked at Gibson ES339's ( again ), but keep coming back to there is no way after playing the two that I can justify spending the extra cash. This 339 is that good. Enjoy you purchase and anyone interested should grab this one this month...now if L & M would only get the cherry version of this guitar
  3. Here is part one of a video on how to properly swap out PUP's and electronics. This should help you out. Parts for doing this are available on their website. <object width="640" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p29QN4ycHMU?fs=1&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p29QN4ycHMU?fs=1&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="640" height="385"></embed></object> not sure if I can insert embedded video, if not here is the link.
  4. The pick ups are showing the film for epiphone genuine pick ups, the Slash model is standard with Seymour Duncans.....Run from this one. The slash comes with a custom case, Studded guitar strap, COA, and guitar picks. Good luck, the real ones are very nice guitars.
  5. Here is my take on the situation. Upgrades are very difficult to recover financially. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the G400 pick ups as installed. Lastly your original post had you trying to have a complete package of < $600.00. The G400 you are pricing with all the components you are looking for will exceed your price. You have been given a lot of good advice over the past 2 weeks on the forum, and now that is 2 weeks you are not playing. I would go with whatever you like, we can only make suggestions to you, but at the end of the day its your guitar. Now buy it and play LOL
  6. Bad Deal Long and Mcquade will ship you a new one for $365.00 and free shipping. If you want faded it is only $330.00. Check their website, you will be able to purchase the package you want within your budget and get all new gear. Pick up the G400 faded for $330.00, a line 6 spider 4 15 for $119.00, apex 20' cable for $11.99, apex clip on tuner for $19.00, $21.99 for a planet waves retro strap, and a ritter electric bag for $35.00. Total is $536.98 + Tax, shipping is free. My friend you can't do much better than this , add $35.00 if you want the gloss finish. Best of luck.
  7. Sorry to say, the finish is Poly not nitro. This is one of the many misprints on the Gibby pages. The tribute does not have a single piece neck as you can find if you look through the details on that guitar. The 1959 and the Tribute both have new, high quality finish processes in poly. Here is another part of the same section of the details of the 1959.... Creating the finish on the 1959 Les Paul Standard is one of the most labor-intensive processes of building guitars, but it’s worth it. After hand-sanding, the guitar is sprayed by skilled painters in order to achieve the perfect “burst” pattern using high-quality stain. After drying, the guitar is then sealed by four thin coats of polyurethane, each one buffed to an illustrious shine before adding the next. The entire process of painting a the ‘59 takes nine days!
  8. I purchased the Tribute....I still would like the 1959 as well. I chose the Tribute for the 57 classics, tuners and coil taps. Also the Tribute appears to have more for less money. Buy what ever one you like more, if the 1959 is anything like my tribute, they are awesome values. I used to own one of the most beautiful Gibson Les Paul Standards, and this out plays and has nicer tone imho. The Gibson is a better constructed guitar, but at 3x the price Good luck with your decision.
  9. If you like the 66 silverburst then it is the one for you. My opinion is skip the all access pack, buy either a Roland cube 15 ($99.00) or Vox pathfinder 15 ($119.00), gig bag or hard case ($15-$50) and cord separately. Truly the amp and the bag are not great quality. Make your own kit you will be happier with the outcome.
  10. Thanks to all for the comments. I really wasn't suggesting the guitar is sounding different, only looking different. My comment on resonance was in relation to the top grain changing appearance. I have seen grain on the neck of my Godin session neck appear and is darkening as the guitar is played. I have also owned a Martin D16, where within 2 months 6 patches of bear claw become prominent, that were not there when it was purchased... Dannyboyee, I would highly recommend looking around for another to try, it is a very good guitar, especially for the money.
  11. Nice guitar[cool] Like the upgrades, and I like pick guards on Les Pauls. Enjoy her.
  12. Not being argumentative but inquisitive The new 59 and the tribute have a new finish process. Not at all the same as other epi's The Tribute Les Paul Standard is hand-finished in quality polyurethane' date=' which is known to combine vintage looks with a high-quality, hard-wearing finish. Four coats are applied on top of a traditional sealer coat, with each hand-sanded in between. The final result is hand-buffed to a high sheen. The entire process of painting takes nine days! The finish on mine is noticeably thinner than the finish on a Les Paul standard, and much less glossy. PRS, Fender, Larrivee ETC and many other manufacturers finish in polyurethane, and their guitars age, why not epiphones? As for veneered, why would they do this? the process of adding a veneer would add cost. High quality kiln dried maple is not expensive even for a 24" x 1" plank vs 3 pieces of the same thickness? Then the added process of applying the veneer after the cap is glued together, and carved. The cap is already being used. I took the pick up out of mine in the neck position and there is no evidence at all of a veneer or multiple pieces of wood? Any thoughts?
  13. I know this is a topic that is common with acoustic guitars, and spruce / cedar tops change with age, vibration, thinning of the finish etc. I have owned my new Les Paul tribute less than a week, however having it out on the stand with plenty of natural light, and playing it seem to be changing the top somewhat. I am noticing more of the flaming in the maple top, which was very faint when I first took it out of the case. This Paul is very resonant, and I am wondering if this is possible? Usually instruments with poly finishes are much less susceptible to change, especially this fast. Check out the pics....this also shows the gorgeous mahogany from side on This also raises the question, how can this be if the top is veneered? Another forum member mentioned the tops were veneered, however I was of the understanding this is a carved top, not veneered, like the 1959 reissue.
  14. I have never seen one like that, the old guard was tortoise shell, and the name was simply screened onto it...was easy to remove. Tortoise looks awesome on the natural, or mottled brown. Always good to make them your own
  15. Beautiful guitar...I bet if you used a very mild rubbing compound on the pick guard you can rub the finish out. I had a Joe Pass about 7 years ago, and this was the case. I have not played a newer one so I am unsure if it is still just a silk screened signature on the plastic. Enjoy it.
  16. Photoshopped LMAO Come on now' date=' some real pics
  17. Without Pic's it does not exist ;-)
  18. I wasn't really thinking when I said that, I have seen many 1,2,3 piece tops. one piece for non flamed, or plain tops, 2 piece bookmatched for most of the flamed tops (although I have seen some one piece and 3 piece), and yep many 3 piece tops in 70's construction. Thanks for the kudos on the guitar. I am impressed with it.
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